Sociologist, nonviolent activist, and author George Lakey, joins Thorne Dreyer in a lively and informative discussion of Lakey's latest book, Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right -- and How We Can, Too. He also talks about the extreme polarization that existed in the Nordic countries before their turn towards a now thriving social democratic state, and points to some comparisons with the state of politics in the U.S. today. He and Dreyer also address the Trump presidency and ways to build an effective resistance.
Lakey, who recently retired from Swarthmore College where he was Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change, is the author of nine books aimed at increasing the effectiveness of nonviolent social movements. A Quaker, he has co-founded and led numerous organizations and campaigns for justice and peace. He has written for Waging Nonviolence, Common Dreams, and YES! Magazine.
George Lakey has lived and worked in Norway and became interested in what economists call "the Nordic model" -- which puts Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden at the top tier of international ratings for education, abundance of jobs, health care, and security for all people. All four countries were nimble in bouncing back from the 2008 economic crisis that still bedevils Europe and the U.S. Lakey argues that the U.S. could adopt some of the Nordic strategies to move our economy in a more equitable direction, and discusses its relevance in view of our "ugly, painful polarization" and the rise of Donald Trump. Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today Live. Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 56:53.